3 simple steps to hack a phone (includes video)

Security firm Trust Digital demonstrates how easy it is to steal data and push nasty stuff to a mobile device with nothing more than a phone number

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CSO recently sat down with Trust Digital, a firm that specializes in mobile security, for a demonstration on how to hack a phone with no more information than a phone number.

"All I need is a business card," said Meir Machlin, director of product architecture with Trust Digital, who performed the demonstration.

How to Hack a Smartphone

Meir Machlin of Trust Digital demonstrates how to hack a smartphone using SMS.

Machlin walked us through two hacks using basic tools available to anyone. Machlin's 'hacker tool kit' included a laptop with WiFi connectivity, and two phones. One phone acts as a GSM modem for the laptop, the other phone is Machlin's personal phone, which he used to receive information. A third phone served as our target device, the phone that was 'under attack' in the demonstration.

The first attack we watched is known as a 'Midnight Raid,' because it is often pulled off during the night when the phone's user is asleep and the device is still turned on as it is charged, or simply left on the nightstand.

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